- Siren Publishing
- Release Date
- March 2011
- Book 1 of The Men of Five-0
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Vamps & Shifters Romance
Caught in the middle of a hostage situation, social worker Samantha Gray faces death to help a family in need. When she calls for help, the SWAT Commander and his team of four gorgeous men come to her rescue. These five handsome faces, sexy bodies, and take-charge personalities send her body into sexual turmoil, but she has to resist. She fell in love once and caused her lover's death. She can't give in to temptation this time, no matter how desirable the brothers.
The Valdamar brothers are a pack of Alphas hired by the government to keep the peace. They discover their mate, but she refuses to reciprocate their advances. As trouble continues to find her, they lose their patience and decide to take what is theirs and shield her from further harm in the one place she resists—their arms.
Note: This book contains physical abuse of the heroine by the villain.
Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Apr 25, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
268 people found the following review helpful
SWAT TEAM ONE AND THE SOCIAL WORKER is an explosive start to what's sure to be a fantastic new series by Dixie Lynn Dwyer. It was an intensely captivating ride from beginning to end, and I absolutely could not put it down.
It's been two years, and Sam still isn't over the loss of her first love, Alex. She's made a life for herself in New York City as a social worker for the police department, but she still blames herself for his death. So, when she's attracted to not one but five brothers who work on the force-- and are wolf shifters like Alex--she does whatever she can to fight the attraction.
Dustin and his five brothers are wolf shifters, and they know that Sam is their mate. They have tried to stay away from her, but when she puts her life in danger, they can't wait another second to claim her. And claim her, they do. However, the life she left behind in Dallas has more consequences than she ever knew. And Sam and her mates have to get some answers before she's taken from them for good.
This one had it all. Action, suspense, gripping plot, all sorts of surprises...and YES, really hot sex! These five hot shifter males are all alphas and they are just incredibly yummy. Sam is the perfect mate for them as she's not going to just let them run over her. She starts off a bit timid in the book, but she really grew into quite the alpha female by the end.
The secondary characters were amazing as well. Sam's family that she never knew existed, as well as her mates' extended family all added to the world-building that was so wonderfully illustrated by the author.
The plot was fantastic. It blended both the shifter and human worlds wonderfully with the premise that shifters work with the government to not only protect the world but to also keep their secrets safe from those who would exploit them. There are a lot of surprises, plots twists and turns, and developments that keep you riveted. Every time I thought I had a handle on things, the author would throw something else in there to make me rethink everything I thought previously.
I loved the eroticism of the book. The immediate connection between Sam and her men was also based on months of desire from a distance. And while there is plenty of sex in the book, the plot still continued and was the main focus of the book. I must warn you that there is some sex in animal form that was brief and not at all graphic.
It all ended in a HEA that was quite satisfying but left the plot open to future books. Everything wasn't fully resolved, and I hope to hear more from the characters in the future.
This is my first book by Dixie Lynn Dwyer, but I really liked her voice. She wrote in such a way that was real and supernatural all at the same time. I'm looking forward to discovering more of her work.
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